IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
February 8, 2012
LEON GRAY, PLAINTIFF,
CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. On or before March 2, 2012, the parties shall file status reports*fn1 briefly describing the case and addressing the following:
a. Progress in service of process;
b. Possible joinder of additional parties;
c. Expected or desired amendment of pleadings;
d. Jurisdiction and venue;
e. Anticipated motions and their scheduling;
f. Cut-off dates for discovery (including dates for the disclosure of expert witnesses) and law and motion, and dates for pretrial conference and trial;*fn2
g. Special procedures, if any;
h. Estimated trial time;
I. Modifications of standard pretrial procedures due to the simplicity or complexity of the proceedings;
j. Whether the case is related to any other cases, including any bankruptcy cases;
k. Whether a settlement conference should be scheduled;
l. Whether counsel will stipulate to the magistrate judge assigned to this matter acting as settlement judge and waiving disqualification by virtue of his so acting, or whether they prefer to have a settlement conference conducted before another judge; and
m. Any other matters that may add to the just and expeditious disposition of this matter.
2. Failing to obey federal or local rules, or any order of this Court, "may be grounds for imposition by the court of any and all sanctions authorized by statute or Rule or within the inherent power of the Court," including dismissal of this action. L.R. 110.
3. The parties are reminded of their continuing duty to notify chambers immediately of any settlement or other disposition. See L.R. 160. In addition, the parties are cautioned that pursuant to Local Rule 230(c), an opposition, or a statement of non-opposition, to the granting of a motion must be filed at least fourteen (14) days preceding the noticed (or continued) hearing date. Local Rule 230(c) further provides that "[n]o party will be entitled to be heard in opposition to a motion at oral arguments if opposition to the motion has not been timely filed by that party." Moreover, Local Rule 230(I) provides that absent notice of intent to submit the matter on the briefs, failure to appear may be deemed withdrawal of the motion or of opposition to the motion, or may result in sanctions.
4. The parties may consent to have this case before the assigned magistrate judge for all purposes. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(c). The Clerk of the Court is directed to serve on the parties the "Notice of Availability of a Magistrate Judge to Exercise Jurisdiction." All parties shall complete and execute the form and file it with the Clerk.